Senator Kissel to Participate in National Forum on Cost Cutting Strategies in Corrections

July 21, 2009

Sen. Kissel Chosen For His Work On State and Federal Corrections’ Reforms
The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has selected state Sen. John A. Kissel, R-Enfield, to participate in a national forum to discuss efforts states are making to reduce corrections costs. “Cost Cutting Strategies in Corrections,” is an issues forum taking place as part of the NCSL Legislative Summit July 22-23 in Philadelphia. Sen. Kissel has been chosen to participate in several national conferences over the past two years on issues of corrections and early childhood education.

Sen. Kissel is scheduled to speak about Connecticut’s efforts to reduce spending in the area of corrections. “The area I have represented for the past seventeen years has more prisons than any other district in Connecticut and I have had the unique opportunity to be involved first hand with corrections issue in our state,” said Sen. Kissel. “Former DOC Commissioner Theresa Lantz did a tremendous job implementing innovative and successful programs and the Corrections Officers who work to keep our prisons safe are of the highest caliber.”

“I was honored to be chosen to speak at this conference and am looking forward to sharing what we have done here in Connecticut to reduce costs, while still keeping our prisons and our COs safe,” added Sen. Kissel. “This will also be a great opportunity for me to learn about what other states are doing to cut costs and I’m looking forward to bringing back fresh ideas as we are still working very hard to tackle our budget problems”.

NCSL requested Sen. Kissel’s participation in the forum due to his long standing involvement in corrections reform on both the state and federal level and will be fully funding his trip.